Friday 24 May 2019

Audio: The Austen playbook - Lucy Parker

Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
Series: London Celebrities, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 04-22-19
Contemporary romance
To review

My Thoughts
Being a Austen fan I do admit to wanting more actual Austen stuff. They kept rehearsing for this play that I wanted to know more about.

And as for our characters, hmm, maybe he is price and she prejudice ;)

Freddy is a rising star of the west end, just as her father wanted. To carry own the legacy of his mother. But all these drama roles are just so so, meh. Freddy carried this stupid guilt around and I wanted to tell her to let it go and do what she wanted!
Griff is a critique, and he is feared by all. Someone has to say what others do not. You go Griff.

Anyway, Freddy takes part in an Austen mingle play, it takes place at Griff's estate. He is doing a movie about her gran. They meet, they argue, they fall in love. Other cast members cause havoc, family members cause havoc and there is a scandal brewing.

Like I said, more Austen please. Not we got a mystery surrounding her gran instead. And I did not actually feel these two fall in love. It just suddenly happened, chemistry was rather low.

But it was  a amusing one and it did not feel US romance like, more Britain romance wise (the author seems to be NZ so I guess that makes sense then).

I did like the narrator. She did a great job keeping my attention on things , and she played different characters well. She really made the book better for me.

Freddy Carlton knows she should be focusing on her lines for The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV event where viewers choose the outcome of each scene, but her concentration’s been blown. The palatial estate housing the endeavor is now run by the rude (brilliant) critic who’s consistently slammed her performances of late. James “Griff” Ford-Griffin has a penchant for sarcasm, a majestic nose, and all the sensitivity of a sledgehammer.
She can’t take her eyes off him.
Griff can hardly focus with a contagious joy fairy flitting about near him, especially when Freddy looks at him like that. His only concern right now should be on shutting down his younger brother’s well-intentioned (disastrous) schemes - or at the very least on the production (not this one) that might save his family home from the banks.
Instead, all he can think of is soft skin and vibrant curls.
As he’s reluctantly dragged into her quest to rediscover her passion for the stage and Freddy is drawn into his research on a legendary theater star, the adage about appearances being deceiving proves abundantly true. It’s the unlikely start of something enormous...but a single revelation about the past could derail it all.


  1. Hmm I am not much of an Austen fan so tend not to read Austen like books, maybe occasionally - I try. Sounds like this was not excessively good or satisfying, just okay. Where did you say she comes from!!

    1. THis is not really an Austen book so it would work for you then ;)

      New Zealand :D

  2. I'd like to know the difference in British versus US romance!!! Maybe more interesting than this story.

    1. If you read a brit vs a US one then you will it at once

  3. Sorry you didn't get you Austen fill Blodeuedd.

  4. I almost downloaded this one, but I wasn't totally in love with the last book so I took a pass. The narrator can really improve the story with their delivery. Maybe I'll check out the audio book. :)

    1. But then again if the previous one was not for you...

  5. Even with the problems you had with this one it sounds like you still enjoyed it a bit.

  6. Seems like there is a minimal Austen connection, it's like there just so they can use it in the title!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Well they are playing the play so not minimal, just, more playing please

  7. it's good if the narrator made it better

  8. I love the ones that have elements from Austen novels, too, so I'm glad to get your take on this one. Hmm, doesn't sound like one I'll want to rush out and read/listen.

    LOL, I know what you mean about Brit vs US writer background. It can be fun to explore books written by authors from around the world. :)

    1. Yes, so you know! They are just so different!

  9. i heard some great things about this author, her characters look cute

  10. Been a hot min since I've read anything Austen-y

  11. you know me... I don't know any of those Austen books. I get all "those" authors mixed up!



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